Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

After visiting Greece I tried many recipes for Tzatziki and just couldn't get that thick Greek yogurt consistency. This recipe from Cooking Light is just what I have been looking for!


  1. Line a colander with coffee filters and place it in a large bowl.
  2. Put the yogurt into the colander cover with wrap and let the yogurt sit in the fridge overnight (8-12 hours).
  3. Discard liquid and spoon your nice thick yogurt into a large bowl.
  4. Cover and refrigerate.
  5. Put grated cucumber in a sieve and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of the salt.
  6. Mix well and let sit for 20 minutes.
  7. Then squeeze until as dry as possible (blot with a paper towel).
  8. Mix the cucumber, 1/4 tsp salt, mint, pepper, garlic and olive oil with the yogurt.
  9. Let sit for several hours so that the flavors can blend.
Most Helpful

I am making this one for the second time, I love it, it is fresh, delicious and healthy! Nice to bring to work for parties! Marie Conny, Buffalo NY

ICU Marie November 05, 2008

Terrific tzatziki, Debbie-- we enjoyed this very much. I added about a tablespoon of fresh dill weed in addition to the mint. Nice complement to gyros, and I suspect it'll be good with salmon too. I didn't think about making this far enough in advance to drain the yogurt overnight, so I wrapped it in cheesecloth, and manually squeezed as much liquid out as possible. I also used my ricer to squeeze the heck out of the shredded cucumber. Seemed to do the trick. Thanks for posting!

Heather U. June 05, 2006